Monthly Archives: August 2016

How to Maintain a Sound Roof

When you own a commercial building, having a written roof maintenance plan is important. Because when your maintenance plan is written down, then you have more of a chance to catch areas which need repaired. In addition, there are two steps in a good plan to keep the roof on your commercial property leak free. Plus, you need to make sure that your roof has regular repairs when needed and that the roof is inspected frequently by a professional contractor.

36801614 - flat roof with skylight and hydro insulation membranesSo, how often should you have roof inspections done so regular repairs can be done? Recommendations for inspections are for twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. This will let you catch any roof damage before it gets out of hand. However; if you live in a climate which has severe temperature changes or severely harsh winters, then you may want to inspect it more often. Also, a competent person should check your roof out after having any construction on the roof so you are assured it was done right; or above it and after any major storms. Plus; if you’ve had a fire, installation of any new equipment or vandalism, check the roof for damage. By keeping up with roof repairs, it saves you money in the long run.

In addition, you can do a roof inspection yourself or have a professional roof inspector do it for you. A roof inspector will inspect the following areas:

  • The gutters, drains and scuppers
  • The rooftop units and the penetrations
  • The field of the roof or the surface area
  • The expansions, control joints, roof edges, flashings and terminations

Now if a problem is found and you’re having vetted professionals fix your roof, you can relax knowing that they know what they’re doing. Also, you will receive a warranty guaranteeing the work for a period of time. If you’re handy and can perform the repairs yourself though, you still need to develop an orderly plan for the issues that you’ve identified. In addition, repairs on a roof should be analyzed individually to decide if the job can be done by you or outsourced.

Following a roof inspection plan will save you money in the long run.

Different Types of Buildings Exteriors

When choosing the look for the exterior of your commercial building, what you want is something functional, durable and professional in appearance. Also, for commercial buildings, there are many different types of materials to make your choice from based on design and cost. So below is an assortment of exterior choices for your building:

11741271 - new shopping centerExteriors of mortarless brick will withstand weather damage and small impacts better than materials made of regular brick. Since mortarless doesn’t require a masonry contractor, unlike brick which is mortared brick, it costs less too. Plus, it has a professional, clean look to it.

Real brick or stone can break when it’s hit. However; synthetic stone or brick doesn’t break as easily. In addition, it looks like real brick or stone and is waterproof and flame resistant. So this choice gives the look of stone, but without the maintenance problem that stone or brick have.

Another option is fiber-cement siding. This consists of cement and rough sand mixed in with fiber which improves the durability aspect of it. It actually looks a lot like wood, but it lasts a lot longer than wood siding does.

Exterior Insulation Finishing System also known as EIFS. This material is a combination of insulation and finishing coats that provides a look to commercial buildings like synthetic stucco. When this method is used, it improves energy efficiency and adds extra insulation also. EIFS has a rough touch and has many finish and color options.

Split-face concrete blocks are split in half during the making of them so that they look like rough spoil-face concrete blocks. These blocks come in an assortment of colors and are several inches thick.

Metal siding has low maintenance and is ecofriendly since there’s little waste when applying it. It’s also resilient and fire resistant where even dents can be hammered out as opposed to cracked vinyl siding. Metal siding is usually used on modern style buildings.

In the end, it’s comes down to cost and what you prefer to use when you’re building your commercial building.